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Cultural Heritage and Economic Development in International and European Law

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "HERITAGE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: BAILRIGG
postcode: LA1 4YW

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 485˙137 €
 EC max contribution 485˙137 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2018-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER UK (LANCASTER) coordinator 485˙137.00


 Project objective

Can states promote economic development without infringing upon their cultural heritage? Although economic globalization and international economic governance have spurred a more intense dialogue and interaction among nations - potentially promoting cultural diversity and providing the funds to recover and preserve cultural heritage - these phenomena can also jeopardize the cultural wealth of nations. Trade in cultural products can lead to cultural homogenization and even to cultural hegemony. In parallel, foreign direct investments have an unmatched penetrating force with the ultimate capacity of changing landscapes and erasing memory. At the same time, the increase in global trade, economic integration and foreign direct investment has determined the creation of legally binding and highly effective regimes that demand states to promote and facilitate trade and foreign direct investment. Has an international economic culture emerged that emphasizes productivity and economic development at the expense of cultural wealth? Does the existing legal framework adequately protect the cultural wealth of nations vis-à-vis economic globalization? Could existing mechanisms in international and European law constrain negative effects of globalization?

HERITAGE aims to map the interaction between economic globalization and each specimen of cultural heritage - world heritage, cultural diversity, intangible cultural heritage, indigenous heritage and underwater cultural heritage - in international and European law by investigating the relevant case law before international courts and tribunals. The study adopts an interdisciplinary approach; the relevant cases will be investigated in consideration of both their legal and cultural relevance. The main outcome of this research project will be a monograph written by the principal investigator to be published by a major international publisher; and a number of articles to be published in major international journals.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 Valentina Vadi
Global Cultural Governance by Arbitral Tribunals: The Making of a Lex Administrativa Culturalis
published pages: 101-138, ISSN: 0737-8947, DOI:
Boston University International Law Journal 33 2019-07-22
2015 Valentina Vadi
Un Castillo de Destinos Cruzados? Gobernanza Cultural Global por los Tribunales Económicos Internacionales
published pages: 181–211, ISSN: 1575-8427, DOI:
Anuario de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 19 2019-07-22
2015 V. Vadi
Crossed Destinies: International Economic Courts and the Protection of Cultural Heritage
published pages: 51-77, ISSN: 1369-3034, DOI: 10.1093/jiel/jgv010
Journal of International Economic Law 18/1 2019-07-22
2019 Valentina Vadi
‘Natural Resources and Indigenous Cultural Heritage in International Investment Law and Arbitration’
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
K. Miles (ed.), Research Handbook on Environment and International Investment Law 2019-07-22
65535 Valentina Vadi
Cultural Heritage in International Economic Law
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Valentina Vadi
‘Human Rights and Investments at the World Trade Organization’
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Yannick Radi (ed) Research Handbook on Human Rights and Investments 2019-07-22
2018 Valentina Vadi
‘Cultural Heritage and Investments’
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Claire Smith (ed) Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology 2019-07-22
2019 Valentina Vadi
The Protection of Indigenous Cultural Heritage in International Investment Law and Arbitration
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
A. Di Blase (ed), The Protection of Indigenous Peoples in International Law 2019-07-22
2015 Valentina Vadi
Beyond Known Worlds: Climate Change Governance by Arbitral Tribunals?
published pages: 1285–1351, ISSN: 0090-2594, DOI:
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 48 2019-07-22
2018 Valentina Vadi
Power, Law, and Images: International Law and Material Culture
published pages: , ISSN: 0093-0709, DOI:
Syracuse Journal of International Law 44(1) 2019-07-22
2015 Valentina Vadi
Jus Cogens in International Investment Law and Arbitration
published pages: 357–388, ISSN: 0167-6768, DOI:
Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 46 2019-07-22
2019 Valentina Vadi
Global v. Local: The Protection of Indigenous Heritage in International Economic Law
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
S. Sargent and Jo Samantha (eds.) A New Millennium for Indigenous Rights II edition 2019-07-22
2017 Valentina Vadi
Grotius’ Book Chest, International Law and Material Culture
published pages: 317–328, ISSN: 0029-3105, DOI:
Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 68(3) 2019-07-22
2018 Valentina Vadi
Heritage, Power and Destiny: The Protection of Indigenous Heritage in International Investment Law and Arbitration
published pages: 101–155, ISSN: 0748-4305, DOI:
George Washington International Law Review 4 2019-07-22
2019 Valentina Vadi
Perspective and Scale in the Architecture of International Legal History
published pages: , ISSN: 0938-5428, DOI:
European Journal of International Law 2019-07-22
2019 Valentina Vadi
Cultural Heritage in International Investment Law
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
A.F. Vrdoljak and F. Francioni (eds.), Oxford Handbook on Cultural Heritage Law 2019-07-22
2017 Valentina Vadi
International Law and its Histories: Methodological Risks and Opportunities
published pages: 311–352, ISSN: 0017-8063, DOI:
Harvard International Law Journal 58(2) 2019-07-22
2019 Valentina Vadi
Investor-State Dispute Settlement as Global Constitutional Adjudication?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
S. Schill, C. Tams and R. Hoffmann (eds.) International Investment Law and Constitutional Law 2019-07-22
2019 Valentina Vadi
Iconoclasm, Cultural Politics and Resilience: The Protection of Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Zones
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
E. Baroncini (ed.), UNESCO World Heritage Between Education and Economics – A Legal Analysis 2019-07-22
2018 Valentina Vadi
The Power of Scale: International Law and Microhistories
published pages: , ISSN: 0196-2035, DOI:
Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 2019-07-22

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